Toorak the Land of Plenty wins for Weir
DARREN Weir continued his domination of the Group 1 Toorak Handicap when he won the event for the fourth time in five years when Land Of Plenty overcame a wide draw to win.
His rider Damian Lane also made it back-to-back wins, having won the previous year on Weir’s Tosen Stardom.
Weir’s Toorak Handicap winning streak began in 2014 with Trust In A Gust, followed by Lucky Hussler the next year before winning the past two runnings.
Land Of Plenty ($4.20) completed an unlikely Group 1 successive races double as he started from the outside barrier of 19 while Amphitrite, who won the Thousand Guineas, started from barrier 16.
Weir said he swore audibly when Land Of Plenty drew barrier 19 on Wednesday but everything worked out for him.
“If you knew that was going to happen, if you knew someone was going to cart you into the race like that, and it was the same with Amphitrite, you wouldn’t mind so much as they both got clear galloping room late,” Weir said.
He said he had set Land Of Plenty for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, which he finished third in, and the Toorak.
“He was great in the other race and things didn’t work out but now we can say he’s won one,” he said.
Lane said he took his chances from an outside draw in the early stages in the hope he could gain a mid-field spot.
“Lucky there was good speed and I got a lovely toe into the race,” Lane said.
Hartnell ($9) ran a brave second with his big weight while Siege Of Quebec ($10) finished in third place.
NICE TRAIL: Land of Plenty jags the Toorak from out wide.